So you had a baby. Everything is new and overwhelming. You are exhausted and a crying mess… well at least I was with my first. Pumping and feeding was hard. We (my baby and I) were not making much progress in that area and to top it off my baby was orange. The “really” good tan kind of orange that came with home health nurses and double photo therapy lights.
I was a hot mess. But, I was also the photographer. And I knew she was changing and growing faster than I was healing. I was going to have to figure out something to capture her those first few weeks if we were going to have anything to document her beginning. Now, for two big reasons I 100% think you should hire this whole photography thing out! 1. Bending over and lifting hurts after birth and sometimes you have bend like a pretzel to get the angle on the image you are after. 2. If you still haven’t opened the box to your big camera this isn’t the time to learn…instead learn to be Mommy. There actually is a learning curve to motherhood. And lastly, 3. If you haven’t held many babies since your last babysitting gig in high school. Your images might not turn out pinterest worthy. Posing is a learned craft. Especially to do it safely.
I was that first time mom without much of an idea of how to pose my baby. No one knew. The whole genre was brand new 11 years ago. Even though I was a professional photographer anyone who has attempted newborn photography can tell you it is much more about the poses than it is about the clicking of the actual image.
So please do yourself a favor and hire for the newborn pictures. But after that around the first month have fun learning to photograph your baby. It’s definitely a large part of motherhood. They will only remember what they relive through your stories and the photographs you take of them. Here are my best tips for those attempting this at home. I have two categories. The first is for picture taking the second will be for posing.
Category One: Taking the picture.
Tip 1: Open your windows and let in the most amount of light possible.
Tip 2: Face your baby’s face toward the window light. This means your back will be towards the window (just be careful not to cast a shadow)
Tip 3: Play games! Babies love anticipation. By the 10th time they will smile and then giggle as you slowly. creep. your. hand. up. to. them. TO TICKLE THEM! You get the idea 🙂
This can work for those grow with me pictures too!
Category Two: Posing
Tip 1: Use a blanket either on your bed or on the floor. This will create less distractions in the background. The size of a throw blanket will do the trick.
Tip 2: Don’t want to wash the carpet? Use a swaddle to hide the diaper or better yet. All of these poses would be super cute in tight fitting jammies.
Tip 3: Use rolled up socks under the blanket to lift their head a little toward you. You would be amazed at all the things we have under these blankets to create the cozy poses!
Tip 4: Use the nap time that has the best light in the spot you pick. If you want them asleep. As they grow get adorable awake shots as they learn to make eye contact!
Tip 5: Around month four Tummy time is much more fun for them if you are on your tummy too interacting with them! Bring your camera and play peek a boo. 🙂
Have Fun! It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have these are memories that you will cherish forever as you make memories with your little babe! After all you are watching them and they are watching you. <3
Have questions? Ask away 🙂